GPSC Italy Exchange Program
The Exchange Program between Gladstone Park Secondary College and Sister School Blaise Pascal Technical School in Reggio Emilia has been running since September 2001.
The exchange is based on a reciprocal agreement that involves students being hosted by Sister School families one year then reciprocated by Gladstone Park families the next. The program involves school attendance, preparation of topics to present to other students and sightseeing.
The exchange occurs during the last week of Term 3 and the September school holidays (3 weeks in total). During the three weeks, eight days is spent with host families and the remaining time is spent visiting historical sights. Over the years students have visited: Rome, Florence, Venice (Murano & Burano), Tuscany (Pisa), Verona, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi Coast, Milan, Reggio Emilia, Naples (Pompeii & Ercolano) and Salerno. Each year the itinerary changes slightly to allow students to see the many wonders of Italy.
This year to strengthen our relationship with our Sister School, Year 9 and Year 10 Italian students will take part in a pilot Pen Pal Program. This will give students the opportunity to make friends and practice what is taught in class on a regular basis.
The exchange is open to students that are in Year 10 and Year 11 (during the year of travel). The application process and further information for families and students wishing to apply will appear on Compass. Questions and inquiries are welcome any time by email to Jennifer.Chaperon@education.vic.gov.au
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